Loren Martell

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Loren Martell
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Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Loren Martell was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Duluth school board. Martell did not receive enough votes in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election on November 5, 2013.



See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)


Loren Martell challenged fellow candidates Annie Harala, Harry Welty, Henry L. Banks and Nancy Nilsen to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. Martell and Joshua Bixby were defeated in the September 10 primary election and did not continue on to the general election.


Duluth Public Schools, At-large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnnie Harala 25.8% 3,028
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarry Welty 19.1% 2,246
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Nilsen 17.6% 2,073
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHenry L. Banks 16.4% 1,926
     Nonpartisan Loren Martell 10.9% 1,283
     Nonpartisan Joshua Bixby 10.1% 1,190
Total Votes 11,746
Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013


Loren Martell reported $1,485.00 in contributions and $1,154.28 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left his campaign with $330.72 on hand.[1]


Loren Martell did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Duluth Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Seliga Punyko Incumbent 64.4% 3,484
     Nonpartisan Loren Martell 35.2% 1,906
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 24
Total Votes 5,414
Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013

Campaign themes

In response to a survey from the Duluth News Tribune, Martell argued that there are two significant issues facing the school district:[2]

One is the district's dire fiscal condition, which is leading to overcrowded classes and a deterioration of the core of education. The other is a very strained and distrustful relationship with a large part of the public.

What was at stake?

There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. The only incumbent who filed for re-election was District 4 member Art Johnston, who faced challenger David Bolgrien and who defeated Justin Perpich in the primary election. District 1 incumbent Ann Wasson did not file for the election, which left her seat vacant for candidates Joseph Matthes and Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, both of whom defeated Marcia Stromgren in the primary. Neither at-large members Mary Cameron or Tom Kasper ran for re-election, so two newcomers won their seats. Neither Joshua Bixby nor Loren Martell received enough votes to proceed to the general election, where Annie Harala, Henry L. Banks, Harry Welty and Nancy Nilsen competed for the seats.

About the district

See also: Duluth Public Schools, Minnesota
Duluth Public Schools is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota
Duluth Public Schools is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota. The county seat of St. Louis County is Duluth. According to the 2010 United States Census, St. Louis County is home to 200,319 residents.[3]


St. Louis County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in St. Louis County was $45,399 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in St. Louis County was 16.0% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 25.5% of St. Louis County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race St. Louis County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 93.0 86.5
Black or African American 1.5 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.3 1.3
Asian 1.0 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 1.3 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 73,378 39,131
2008 77,351 38,742
2004 77,958 40,112
2000 64,237 35,420

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

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